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Suns, Pistons tangle at The Palace

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns hope to hold on to a lead if they get one Saturday against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Suns led for most of Friday's 104-99 loss in Memphis, but ultimately suffered defeat for the second time in three tries. Goran Dragic scored 21 points and Markieff Morris added 17 off the bench in the loss.

Gerald Green (12), P.J. Tucker (11) and Channing Frye (10) rounded out the double-digit scorers for Phoenix, which has alternated wins and losses over its last six games and is 1-2 on a five-game road trip.

Memphis had a 53-44 advantage on the glass and grabbed 39 offensive rebounds.

"We were really focused on getting boards, and they still get them," Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said. "They are a tough team for us, for whatever reason."

The Grizzlies have won six of the last eight meetings with Phoenix, which fell to 9-9 away from home and will close the trip Monday in New York. Prior to Friday's game, the Suns learned that guard Eric Bledsoe will be out indefinitely after undergoing right knee surgery.

No timetable for a return has been set, but the team said Bledsoe "will immediately begin a recovery and rehabilitation program and will pursue a possible return to action during the second half of this NBA season."

Bledsoe has averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 24 games this season, his first with the Suns.

Detroit ended a six-game losing streak with Friday's 114-104 victory at Philadelphia and owned the boards to the tune of 62-42. The Pistons had a 25-13 advantage on the offensive glass and were led by Josh Smith's 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Smith was one of seven players with 10 or more points, while Brandon Jennings ended with 19 points and both Kyle Singler and Will Bynum added 16. Greg Monroe had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Andre Drummond finished with 11 and 12 boards for Detroit, which went 1-2 on the trip.

"Hopefully, this is a stepping-stone for us to get it going," said Pistons coach and former Sixers great Maurice Cheeks.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope netted 12 points for the Pistons.

The Pistons, who are winless in the last five as the host, will play two in a row at home and are 6-12 at The Palace. They have struggled against the West this season, too, going 1-11 overall and 0-6 at home.

Detroit and Phoenix split two meetings last season, while the Suns have dominated the series of late with a 7-2 mark in the previous nine games.

01/11 10:26:40 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
4th
MIA 96
CHA 84
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
14th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
14th
PIT 2
MIL 3
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
12th
TAM 1
NYY 1
 
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
9th
CHC 2
CIN 8
 
8th
TEX 2
CWS 9
 
5th
OAK 2
HOU 1
 
6th
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
5th
COL 4
PHI 3
 
6th
SDP 2
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
4th
MIA 96
CHA 84
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
3rd
BOS 4
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3